Pity us tourists

We are not really enjoying ourselves. Our tourism, writes Dalrymple,

is the extension of office work by other means.

It is like

ticking off a box on some footling form devised by a committee of bureaucrats.

If the increase in air fares consequent upon the epidemic releases us from our

duty to perform sightseeing duties so far from home, at such great effort and with neither pleasure nor instruction, the virus will have done some slight good.

Dalrymple says that

most places worth going to are not worth going to because of the numbers of people who go to them.

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